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originally regulatory emergency agencies. the modification added to that direct requirement to notify the community and the specific phone numbers and provisions be provided so that the community was directly notified by darling rather than waiting for some third-party to let them know of any emergency release that might occur at the facility. with that, we have got a history of what has transpired. we have before you two resolutions. the first which will wrap up the mess associated with the rescission of the planning department, and we are requesting that you rescind resolution 08-61, which was your original approval of the first amendment to the lease, and then resolution 1075 is
requesting that you approve the ceqa findings, that you approve the amendment to the lease as modified and that you authorize the executive director to approve and related plans and modifications to the amendment and to execute the first amendment to the lease. thank you. commissioner fong: any questions? straight to public comment. karen pierce -- oh, i'm sorry. >> so move. >> second. >> thank you for calling me first. i'm the chair of the southern waterfront community, and i'm speaking in that capacity to say that the swac -- swc has supported the concept since it was introduced to us and continue to support it. the main reason is because this
is a process that uses purely waste, according to what we were told, rather than depending at any point on using what could be feedstock for human beings, so we feel that this is a model way to in fact make biodiesel. we also have had a long-term expectation that the port would be involved in insuring that alternative fuels would be available, especially for the trucking industry, since the court -- the port is a magnet for diesel vehicles. we are happy we have finally gotten to this point. i also am the chair of the board of the bayview hunters point community advocate, and we brought the original action that slowed us all down. we are satisfied with the community involvement process that occurred, and we wanted to
be sure that they gave the framework to provide an opportunity for the tenant to really become a good neighbor with the community, and we feel that the changes that were just pointed out to you actually do allow for that good neighbor relationship to be built. thank you. commissioner fong: thank you. eric brooks. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i represent san francisco green party, the local grassroots organization of our city and a building coalition of organizations strongly opposed to your approving this amendment, including global justice equality project, which is a group that has been endorsed in its work by dr. david suzuki, who you are
probably all familiar with. also the club locally has come out in opposition that has environmental working group. the key reason that this needs to be rejected is that, first of all, battlefields themselves, the current ones we already use, are wrecking the planet. since you approved this two years ago, there has been a critical mass of data showing that when you grow battle field crops, even the second generation once, it shifts land use in a way that creates more carbon dioxide, more greenhouse gases, and is devastating economies and the environment all over the place. the air rang it can is going extinct because of the tipping point that have been caused. the key problem with -- the fundamental problem with the darling facility is that the fact we're talking about are not waste. i called darling three weeks
ago. every single one of those is used by industries to make paint, cosmetics, animal food, pet food. we shipped the use away from those uses to biodiesel, all of those will go to crop oils to get their fat. they will have no other option. so it will perpetuate and probably make even worse the current disaster that is happening worldwide because of biofuels and crop oil use. berkeley and seattle have canceled their bio diesel programs because of what crop oils are doing to the planet. europe is about to reel back on its requirements. also, the recent reports of increased gold dust show that even if you did this, darling international is questionable, and this should be held up until we find out what is going on. >> thank you very much.
>> good afternoon, commissioners. we are one of the three unions that represent people working at darling, and we are speaking in favor of the project. we would like to see it move forward. we have always worked to make sure that jobs are available for the communities that we have jobs in. we have a hiring hall to make sure that happens. we look forward to being able to put more members of the community to work in good jobs that help sustain their families. the waste greece has been going into that plan for longer than i have been living in san francisco, said this is not any kind of new project or any kind of escalation. if anything, it is a recycling project which is way ahead of its time. we share the environmental concerns because our people
work right in the heart of it. we are glad that caution has been exercised, but we are confident that has moved forward, so we urge you to approve this. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i am the director of climate protection initiatives in the office of the mayor, and i come here today on behalf of the mayor to speak in strong support of the by is a project. this is a ground-breaking project to take a waste product and produce its and turn it into a recyclable, renewable, domestically produced, locally produced transportation fuel that will help the city meet its
greenhouse gas emissions targets of 20% below 1990 levels by the end of this year. in 2007, the city converted all of its 1500 diesel vehicles to be able to use biodiesel in all of those vehicles, and in order for us to continue that goal and expand upon it, we need to produce more locally produced biodiesel, and the point that mr. brooks raised earlier in my mind present a case that is using a product that is otherwise seen as a waste and no longer using biodiesel from other stocks that could be used for food purposes, so on behalf of the mayor, i strongly urge your support for this project. thank you. commissioner fong: 90.
>> good afternoon, commissioners. biodiesel has 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than standard emissions, said this is key to meeting our greenhouse gas emissions goals. the other benefit is that we are taking a local waste product converting it into fuel stock to be used locally in our very own diesel fleet and supporting green jobs locally, so this is about as green as you can get. thank you. commissioner fong: thank you. eric smith, and then david haskell -- david pascal. >> thank you. just by way of reference, the executive director of green depot and the -- on the board of directors of biofuel recycling. we have worked with the department of the environment as well as the puc to collect some
30,000 gallons of restaurant grease per month in san francisco and use it for biofuels and we work with the department of the environment. i just want to say i want to thank the court staff for the work that they did going out into the community to educate them about this. especially rich. he did a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances. we had several community meetings. darling came out. the court was there. all of the bio diesel community came out to these meetings to understand what this project really means. i'm also the vice chair of the city's bio diesel task force. we are supportive of the project. we think it is important. the city right now uses about 3 million gallons, but most of it comes from the midwest. it comes from solely and canola.
despite the stories we have heard about food versus feels, that is pretty much a ploy by the grocery industry. the cattle farmers did very well during the so-called crisis. this is important because darling plans on making 10 million gallons of biodiesel made from waste feedstock. that is something that the city can use to sell to local folks, to fuel the trucks, to fuel local providers, and others i think is really important. right now, we spend about 25 cents per gallon to bring all that fuel in. this is definitely more sustainable. and all the notions about breeding animals for fuel and everything else is absolutely ridiculous. i'm a supporter of this program. i think this is exactly what san francisco needs, and i urge your support for it. thank you. >> good afternoon,
commissioners. i'm a resident of san this is the period from january 2008 through january 2009, i was the clean business advocate for san francisco -- i'm a resident of san francisco. i was asked to provide some historical perspective on this project since it was one of the first ones i was responsible for back in early 2008. when i came to this project, i was new city government. i knew very little about biodiesel and i have no voice in this race, but what i did have was a very clear directive to identify the best solution for the city to sustainably source the biofuel. at the time, there were a number of proposals on the table, competing proposals. the port had some ideas. the sfpuc had some ideas, as did the community at large. what we proceeded to do was
evaluate all those proposals, taking into account environmental and community impacts, taking into account first and ongoing cost to the city, considering timelines, considering the technology, and considering in the execution -- risks. as a result, the darling proposal seemed to be the one that was best overall solution, so with that, we were able to build consensus from all the members of the city family. we also quickly secured funding for the task force. after the additional community outreach, we also secured the community support. i think you have one of those rare instances where you have one of those rare support behind a project of this nature. i would urge the city to support this so the community
can begin reaping the benefits of this project. thank you. commissioner fong: thank you. any additional community,? >> thank you. i am the ceo of san francisco bay railroad and also vice chair of the swc. just to elaborate on some of the positive comments, we currently service darling with railcar service, and we bring their cars in and out from their facility there. this -- san francisco bay railroad is the first railroad in the country, and we are very proud of it to run our locomotives exclusively on biodiesel. if you come to the yard, you will small french fries. this will have a source of by a diesel right next door. moreover, even if the 10 million
gallons a year, 3 million went to the city's needs directly, there is still 7 million gallons left over to be shipped, via rail, by barge to users, and that generates more jobs both on the bay and on the rail, so it seems to me this is a very positive initiative, both from a job standpoint and from a transportation and green logistics standpoint, so we would urge you very much to support this green piece of legislation. commissioner fong: thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i'm here in total support of this project. it is kind of rare that we can eliminate transportation whereby
the product is manufactured again there and used locally. believe me, there is all sorts of problems all over the world with biodiesel, this, that, and the other thing, but how important it is that we take this opportunity where the product is already there, it gets converted, and each gets used locally. thank you. commissioner fong: thank you. any other public comment? ok, so, questions? comments? there is a motion. there is a second. there is actually two resolutions. all in favor? any opposed? ok, resolution 10-74 and 10-75 are approved. >> item 7, new business?
be street cleaning. we are a new age. >> here we are. >> here we are. >> clean. >> these are our communications dispatchers. hi. okay, no problem. you are welcome. bye-bye. >> all the information about the location, the nature of the complaint and we dispatch it. >> near the steps. >> by new they have started a hundred calls for dispatchers. >> once a get a request if they are not on the air i will page that unit. these are the radio channels. we have 14 channels. i will give a service request. >> there is a lot of expertise that goes into a call. i think we can have you dispatch and track. >> 448.
>> while you do this if you come across something that looks hazardous, material wise, >> like this paint? >> you can't take paint. >> that gets dealt with by? >> we have a patrol truck thal pick up the paint. >> we have tv monitors and tires. you want to look for needles we don't mix needles with the garbage. >> you have to be a positive person in a way to deal with this job. you are dealing with areas you know it's been cleaned. >> basically it happens a lot where you clean up an area. you come back a couple of days later and it's back to that again. we more or less are used to it. that's -- it's our job. you have to get used to it. it's a fact. that's the way it is.
>> sure. yeah. >> okay. >> what do you think, are you ready to sign up? >> totally. i'm over dressed. >> a little warm? must be the sweat. >> part of the daily routine is george our steamer. you see the wall people urinate on the and the sidewalk. a trick. i get it up like this. somebody got to do it. the bigger they -- >> pull the trigger.
>> careful, the water's really hot, too. >> i have been on a packer truck. i painted removed graffiti. my favorite. >> what's that smell? pine. one of my favorite, a guy got his head stuck in a trash can. we had to get vasoline and rub his ears. [laughter]. what goes on here we will empty out and clear this area. >> ever find stuff like drugs or anything? do you deal with that. >> i don't know, do you find anything? >> everything's trash. >> dave, let's get a little of
that. >> the way to do it easier without opening the can is push off the debris off the top and you are topping off the can. we are not supposed to empty the can. there is a can on every corner. sometimes we get calls the majority of my work is done on eyesight if i see it i do it. downtown we fill up 3 or 4 times a day. >> daily it could change and be various different assignments that come up. we can swing by, we see some of the trucks unloading in the area. >> this is our dump site, this is where we dump the debris. we come twice a day to unload all the trucks. i need you to go on up there and
he will assist you to unloading the mattress and the futons. >> okay. okay. >> sometimes you see it popping out. you have to be very careful. pushing in and down. pull it out. >> you have been here once earlier? >> did you have as much stuff? >> more. >> oh , my god. >> did you survive your day in dpw? >> i did i learned quite a bit. the packing truck.